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Anxiety in Dogs

ANXIETY IN DOGS

Anxiety can have a significant impact on digestion, likewise poor gut health can impact behaviour. Our goal is to optimise nutrition and gut health, therefore we aspire to consider and support any contributing factors. Some common signs of anxiety or stress include yawning, blinking, nose licking, aloofness, hiding, pawing, ears laid back, tail tucked in, trembling, lying down & lifting a leg, stiffening up, barking, growling, snapping, biting, separation anxiety & gut upsets.

COMMON TRIGGERS OF ANXIETY CAN INCLUDE:

  • Fireworks, loud noises, thunderstorms
  • Interactions with other household pets and people
  • Change - renovations, packing bags, people going away, moving furniture
  • Losing sight or hearing
  • Some disease states

SUPPORTIVE MEASURES

Rescue Remedy (Pet): Bach Flower Remedies that can be added to food or water to help with stress, fear & trauma.

Pet Remedy: Available as an aromatherapy plug-in diffuser, Pet Remedy is a blend of essential oils and extract that helps calm the nerves of anxious or stressed pets.

Adaptil: Replicates Dog Appeasing Pheromones, providing comfort and security to dogs of all ages. This helps dogs and puppies to feel reassured and relaxed in challenging situations, reducing signs of stress and anxiety.

Thunder Jacket: A calming wrap applies gentle pressure, similar to swaddling an infant, in order to help your dog feel more safe and calm.

ASSISTANCE

There are many skilled dog trainers and behaviourists offering guidance. Environmental enrichment, consistency and reward based training can have great benefits. You can also consider following the Association of Pet Dog Trainers NZ or the Force Free Dog Training NZ Facebook groups. Please chat with a member of our team for recommendations.

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